Russell Brand’s anticipated interview with Ed Miliband has been released, with the Labour leader answering tough questions on his party’s stance on the HSBC scandal and privatisation of the NHS.
The comedian, who has not been one to shy away from political debate, believing that voting changes very little and a “revolution” would be a more effective way in making changes, sat down with the Labour leader on Monday night.
Brand presented his disillusion with our current political system, to which Miliband replied that it was wrong to imply that change cannot be made through the system as it is.
However, Brand was keen to get answers, questioning the labour leader on who really runs the county; MP’s or “unelected powerful elites”.
Miliband said “the central thing we’ve got to confront is who the country is running for. The rich and powerful or working people.”
Miliband also claimed that the Labour party “do have the power to deal with tax evasion” when asked about transnational companies who pay a much lower rate of tax.
Conversation soon turned to media ownership, a topic Brand has often spoke of, with Miliband saying that media organisations are now “less powerful than they used to be”.
Ed Miliband has since said that he took part in the interview with Brand’s satirical style youtube channel ‘The Trews’ to liven up election race.
“Some people were saying the campaign was too boring so I thought it would make it more interesting” he said.
However, David Cameron said “he did not have time to hang out” with Brand. Critics on social media accused Cameron of double standards after he was pictured with Katie Hopkins.
After the interview Brand described it as an “interesting experience” and felt it “said a lot about Ed Miliband that he was prepared to come round here and talk to us”.
Brand is next set to interview Green Party leader Natalie Bennett.
See the full interview below